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Deputy sheriff riding motorcycle killed in Florida crash

A deputy sheriff was killed in a crash in Seminole County yesterday when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle. The car accident left the other driver in critical condition. The deputy was apparently going after a speeding vehicle at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Maitland Boulevard and Gateway Drive, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The deputy was on his motorcycle, apparently trying to catch up with a speeding vehicle, and was headed west on Maitland Boulevard. Sources say it was not a high-speed chase, and the officer had his lights and siren activated.

Unfortunately, he collided with a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 28-year-old man, who turned into the motorcycle’s path at Gateway Drive. The impact of the crash apparently caused the car to flip over onto its roof.

That driver was injured critically and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. He remained in critical condition on Monday evening. The deputy was taken to the same hospital but he didn’t make it. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate the tragic accident.

The deputy’s co-workers, meanwhile, say he loved working for the department and loved working in traffic. The 52-year-old man worked for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Seminole County sheriff gave a press conference outside the emergency room at Orlando Regional Medical Center after the deputy sheriff was pronounced dead. The sheriff says the loss is like losing a family member.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Deputy Matt Miller killed: investigation continues after fatal crash,” Stephen Hudak, Dec. 27, 2011

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